Day 1: Dublin
Arrive at Dublin check in at hotel and day is free to explore the city-The traveller in Dublin won’t be lonely. You’ll have scores of other backpackers, foreign students and tourists to keep you company. Despite the dodgy weather, Dublin is a seasoned stop-off point for Kiwis, Aussies, Spaniards, Italians, Canadians and French.
Dublin city centre is cut in half at two points; by the River Liffey and Dame Street. In between the Liffey and Dame Street is Temple Bar – Dublin’s cultural hub. As Dublin’s culture emanates singularly from the pub, Temple Bar is a most apt name for the area. The cobbled streets here are lined with bars and a never-ending trail of drunken tourists fall out their doors. Never ones to miss a piss-up, the Dubs add to the madness.
To get to grips with Dublin’s funky café scene head to south William Street and Exchequer Street. That’s where the suave media types, art-eeests and art dealers sip cappuccinos and puff Marlboros. Health stores and vintage clothes shops can also be found here.Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin
After breakfastThe Wild Wicklow Tour from Dublin is the perfect introduction to Wicklow's untamed landscapes. On this Wicklow day tour you'll explore ancient monastic ruins at Glendalough, enjoy the 'craic' in a traditional Irish pub, and see where film-makers brought a little bit of Scotland to Ireland when filming scenes for 'Braveheart' at Sally's Gap.
The beautiful coastal drive from Dublin to Glendalough takes you past Dun Laoghaire Harbor, Dalkey and Killiney. These exclusive suburbs on the out reaches of Dublin are home to Ireland's rich and famous including U2's Bono, Enya and film director Neil Jordan. Then, driving through the Wicklow Mountains, you'll soon understand why this area is known as 'the Garden of Ireland'.
You'll continue on to the green mountains of Wicklow County, where you'll stop for morning tea (additional cost) at Avoca Handweavers. The oldest wool mill in Ireland, Avoca Handweavers is a great place to shop for high-quality Irish crafts
The next stop on your Wicklow tour in Glendalough, in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough is renowned for its natural beauty and history, and is one of the most visited places in Ireland. At Glendalough, your guide will walk with you through the 6th-century monastic settlement. You'll learn about St Kevin, the founder of the ancient monastery, and hear stories relating to the ruins scattered about the site, including the famous Round Tower. There will also be time for a leisurely stroll through the woods to Upper Lake.
Leaving the peace and serenity of Glendalough behind, you'll head off for a stop at a local pub for lunch (additional cost). Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and good old-fashioned home cooking of a traditional Irish pub.
After lunch you'll begin your return to Dublin, via Sally's Gap, where scenes from 'Braveheart' were filmed in 1995. This scenic but desolate area of wild bogland offers a stunning contrast to the Wicklow Mountains.You'll arrive back in Dublin in the late afternoon, with drop- off either in Ballsbridge (D4) or at Trinity College.Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Day free with hop on hop pass
Today after breakfast explore Dublin's historic buildings and vibrant nightlife with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Valid for 24 hours you have plenty of time to see the sights of Dublin as you hop-on and hop-off 20 stops around the city.With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Dublin.
The route takes you to many of Dublin's major attractions including Dvblinia, Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park (where you will find Dublin Zoo), and of course the Guinness Storehouse. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Dublin - Cork(3 hours)
Today after breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to train station to board train for Cork.Arrive at Cork and check in at hotel and day is free to walk along side of The River Lee flows around the centre, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces such as the opera house. The flurry of urban renewal with new buildings, bars and arts centres springing up all over town. The best of the city is still happily traditional though .You can also visit -The Blarney Stone is in Blarney outside Cork city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Cork - Killanery(1:35 minutes)
Today after breakfast proceed to train station to board train for Killanery in approx an hour and half you will be in the city.After check in visit Killanery city -St. Mary's Cathedral- This imposing Catholic church is the city's best known architectural landmark.Killarney town can easily be covered by foot. It is a mere ten minute walk from the town centre to The Demense at the entrance of the National Park. There are many beautiful sign-posted walks you can follow from there. If you are a parent, there is a new enclosed playground two minutes walk from the main gate by the river, with play areas divided up by age group.Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Full Day Tour of The Ring of Kerry
After breakfast be ready for an essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks, running through its many passes and valleys along the shore of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay.
There is an unspoilt nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem.Your return to Killarney is via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney's magnificent National Park.Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Killanery - Dublin via Mallow(Approx 4 hrs)
Today after breakfast check out from hotel and board train for Dublin.
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Tour cost per person from £518
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- 3 nights accommodation in Dublin with breakfast
- Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin
- Dublin hop on hop off city pass 24 hrs
- 1 night accommodatio in Cork
- 2 nights accommodation in Killanery
- Full Day Tour of The Ring of Kerry
- 3 days ireland pass